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Sports meeting is Thursday, Aug. 7

Concussion baseline tests need to be completed before the Battler sports practices start, and they will be discussed at the athletic organization meetings on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gettysburg city auditorium, and again in Hoven at the elementary school on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Forms and testing times will be scheduled for baseline concussions. The baseline tests are required every two years.
Football and volleyball practices start on Aug. 14, and cross country practices start on Aug. 18, but only for the athletes who have completed their concussion baseline tests.
Classes in Gettysburg start Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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Motorcycle accident west of town

US Highway 212 is one of the main arteries across the state for motorcycles heading to the Sturgis Rally, and a section five miles west of Gettysburg was the scene of an accident on Monday morning.
Gary Peterson, 61, of Minneapolis was driving a 2014 Yamaha motorcycle west on 212 on Aug. 4 when he lost control and went into the ditch and tumbled, according to Potter County Sheriff Curt Hamburger. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered a serious head injury. He was transported to the Avera Gettysburg Hospital for treatment before being transferred.
No citations were issued, but Sheriff Hamburger reported that alcohol appeared to be a factor in the accident. Gettysburg fire, EMTs, police department, and Potter County Sheriff’s department assisted at the accident, which occurred around 8:15 a.m.

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Pre-school registration

Youngsters who will be four years old by Sept. 1 may sign up for pre-school. Classes for Gettysburg pre-schoolers will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 2.
This fall, pre-school will be held at the Oahe Area Youth Center in the auditorium downtown, with Kirsten Cronin serving as the teacher. Classes will be held five days a week in the afternoons. Cronin is also helping as a para-professional at the Gettysburg Elementary School during the morning.
Contact Cronin at 769-9899 for more information or to register your child for pre-school classes. Scholarships are also available to assist with pre-school tuition.

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4-H Royalty…

royaltyIMG_7213Shaye Jungwirth (Tom Jungwirth and Jennie Urich) and Donavan Greiner (Jeff and Shirley) were crowned as 4-H queen and king during coronation on Saturday evening at the Potter County Fairgrounds. Both are members of the Lebanon Lads and Lassies 4-H Club and reigned over the county fair which ran from Saturday through Tuesday.

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Kenneth Marvin

Kenneth Marvin, 78, from Central Point, OR, died Aug. 3 in hospice care.
Kenneth is the oldest son of the late Mabel Marvin of Gettysburg, SD.
He is survived by his wife, Connie, and daughter Karen, son Donnie, sisters Hazel Langer of Gettysburg, LaRayne (Doug) Halligan, Dorothy Fredrickson, brothers Ernest Marvin, Larry Marvin, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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Splash down…

simon funnelDSC_0090Even though she was in a hurry, Tyler Simon (Darrin and Sally) made time to see that the water she was pouring didn’t splash out of the funnel during a summer rec race on Monday. Youngsters in the relay had to take a full glass of water, slide across the blue, soapy sheet of plastic without spilling the glass, then pour the contents through a funnel attached to a leaky hose that drained into a pitcher. The first full pitcher won the Survivor Challenge. The kids competed in the fun challenges that were organized by Tierney Donovan with help from other friends in the summer rec program.

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Potter County Fair starts Saturday, Aug. 2

The 91st annual Potter County Fair will run Saturday through Tuesday, Aug. 2-5 at the fairgrounds located on the east side of Gettysburg.
This year there are a number of events, starting with a “color run” on Saturday morning at the medical center, and exhibit entries and judging at the fairgrounds. The old time tractor pull will be held that afternoon, and carnival games with prizes for kids takes place during the afternoon.
On Saturday night the crowning of the 4-H royalty happens at the fairgrounds, followed by a robotics demonstration and a dance.
Sunday starts off with the community church service followed by a BBQ. A demolition derby and bull ride will provide some big action on Sunday, too. A health awareness booth and a mobile heart and lung screening van will be at the fair, and watermelon feed will be hosted that day.
Free inflatables for the kids will be at the fair on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. A brat feed will top off the Monday night events at 5:30.
Livestock shows and sales are the main event on Tuesday, with a BBQ dinner that evening at 6 p.m.
A fundraiser for the Gettysburg Medical Center Foundation is back this year. Folks can buy a chance to play Cow Pattie Bingo to get a spot on the board. The board is made up of 2×2 foot square pieces of land. At noon on Tuesday a “Bingo Bessie/Bobbie” will be chosen from the cattle barn to be released onto the marked field. The “owner” of the square where the “cow pattie” lands wins a cash prize. The winner will be announced at the Tuesday night BBQ. Proceeds go to the local medical center.
Monday afternoon Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lensch will be at the show arena at 5 p.m., and demonstrations will be presented on grain engulfment rescues.
Check out pages 12-13 of this week’s paper, along with ads from area businesses, to find out more about what’s happening at the Potter County Fair!
–Molly McRoberts

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Operation Reaching All Veterans set for Aug. 4

Military veterans and families will have an opportunity to learn more about benefits they are eligible for during an open house in Potter County.
Operation RAV, for Reaching All Veterans, will be held on Monday, Aug. 4 from 2-4 p.m. at the Medicine Rock Senior Citizens Center in Gettysburg.
Potter County Veterans Service Officer Harlan Shaw will be available to answer questions, along with professionals from the SD Department of Veterans Affairs.
There are a number of benefits that may be available to veterans and their families, including service connected compensation, veterans and survivors pension, VA medical care, VA home loans, burial benefits, state benefits, and State Veterans Home.
For more information check online at vetaffairs.sd.gov, contact Harlan Show, or stop by the open house on Aug. 4 at the senior center.

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Farmers market and summer sales Aug. 9

Gettysburg merchants and locals with a “green thumb” are getting set to celebrate the harvest on Saturday, Aug. 9 with store sales and a farmers market.
Anyone who would like to participate in a farmers market is invited to set up a stand at the bank parking lot downtown that morning. There is no fee to participate, and the farmers market will run from 9 a.m. to noon, or later if the folks selling stuff want to stick around!
Also on that Saturday, some of the area’s retailers are planning sales to clear out summer inventory to make way for the fall season. It will be a great opportunity for shoppers to pick up some bargains on lots of items from one end of town to the other!
If you have a great garden this year, the farmers market is a good time to sell some of the produce. If you don’t have anything from the garden to sell, maybe set up a stand with something else, like arts or crafts! The farmers market is a casual, fun way to stir up some activity in town and generate sales for the retail businesses downtown and along the highway. If you have something to sell, come and set up a stand. If you have something you want to buy, check our local businesses!
Either way, make plans for a fun day to shop, sell, and celebrate the harvest in Gettysburg on Saturday, Aug. 9! Watch the News for more details next week.

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Sports meeting is Thursday, Aug. 7

Students will be headed back to school before you know it, with classes in Gettysburg starting Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Registration for junior high and high school students has yet to be determined. Parents and students will be notified when to register and get locker assignments. Parents and students are encouraged to purchase meals and activity tickets at the business office before school starts. The business office is located across the hall from where it has been in the past, in the elementary building.
Concussion baseline tests need to be completed before sports practices start, and will be discussed at the athletic organization meetings on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gettysburg city auditorium, and again in Hoven at the elementary school on Friday, Aug. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Forms and testing times will be scheduled for baseline concussions. The baseline tests are required every two years.
Football and volleyball practices start on Aug. 14, and cross country practices start on Aug. 18, but only for the athletes who have completed their concussion baseline tests.
Check out the back-to-school information on page 16 of the News for more details.
Enjoy the end of vacation!

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